Aug 242008

While I’m waiting at John Wayne Airport (SNA, aka Orange County Airport), it’s possible to connect up to the Internet via WiFi. No free WiFi hotspots (yet?), but there are several pay options.

// [update 6/15/10] There is now ad-supported free wifi at SNA via SSID=JWAFREEWIFI //

Here’s the SSID list that showed up via Wireless Network Connection:

  • tmobile
    this T-Mobile hotspot is located between Gates 7 and 8 at food court — costs starting at $6 or monthly subscription starting at $19.99, cf. subscription info; WiFi signal broadcasts from United Red Carpet Club
  • JWA WiFi or JWA Hotspot or Nextphase Wireless
    hotspot throughout terminal — costs starting at $1.89 or monthly $14.89; operated by NextPhase Wireless Hotspot; tech note: security certificate expired on 8/8/2007
    hotspot throughout terminal — costs starting at $1.49 or monthly $14.89; operated by; tips: best signals near the windows facing the runways b/c antennas located on building rooftops next to large fuel tanks across runway + use strongest signal among SSIDs: or 2 or 3

Where are the power outlets? (outlets are often harder to find than WiFi or internet connectivity)

  • opposite gates 8 and 9, behind post between Caterina’s and Sunglass Hut
  • opposite flights board/ gate 5, on wall between store and exit
  • opposite flights board/ gate 10, on wall between Hudson News and exit
  • [update 12/1/08] now there are long outlet strips between the rows of seats along the windows of gates 7 and 9 — look for the green outlet sign

other John Wayne Airport info:

[This entry is a note to self, and for others who search for this info. I'll keep this updated.]

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Aug 092007

Even though I typically use my T-mobile hotspot subscription to login at nearby Starbucks and Borders, I can also enjoy the occasional free wifi internet from other venues I stumble upon. They can be kinda hard to find, at least in places I frequent like around metro Washington DC, or, now, around Orange County. I reguarly use the Wi-Fi FreeSpot Directory — this shows up #1 on a Google search for “free wifi” and in the last year over 4000 new locations have been added.

But I found 3 4 other great free wifi directories online with web 2.0 collaboration that maintains a current and up-to-date directory (but haven’t accrued enough Google juice and I hope my link and yours will help):

(Statistics were self-reporting from each directory, at time of this blog post.)

There you go — now you can stay connected. Just have to remember to bring your laptop, and keep your battery charged. If you find other great free wifi directories, please do add a comment to this post.

May 172005

Last year at the bifurcated convention of national pastors and emergent conversationalists, I was desperately seeking free WiFi. My scouting report (via willzhead) from an hour ago tells me that the WiFi infrastructure has not apparently improved. Nashville is not moving at the dot-com pace.

Here’s a list of where you can get WiFi around the convention site, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, within walking distance:

Free WiFi
Provence Breads and Cafe – 601 Church St. [L from hotel lobby on Commerce St, R @ 7th Ave, R @ Church St]
The Global Cafe – 322 Broadway [R from hotel on Commerce St, go 3 blocks, R @ 4th, L @ Broadway]
Rocketown – 401 6th Ave.
Best Western – 711 Union St. [L from hotel on Commerce St, R @ 7th Ave, go 2 blocks]
(cf. other locations farther away,

Free Internet [updated 5/18]
at the Digital Lounge, near Convention Headquarters – bring a laptop and connect up to an ethernet cable, or use one that’s available there

Paid WiFi
Renaissance Nashville Hotel – public areas & hotel rooms @ $9.95 /day
FedExKinko’s – 212 BroadwayT-Mobile Hotspot @ $6 for 1 hour, $9.99 /day, or by subscription [R from hotel lobby on Commerce St, go 5 blocks, R @ 2nd, go 1 block]

No WiFi, just Starbucks coffee
Starbucks – 424 Church St. [R from hotel, go 2 blocks, L @ 4th Ave, R @ Church St]

This year, I head down to Nashville o-dark-thirty tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, and get there a little after lunch time, Lord willing. Will see many people there, maybe you too! And, free lunch on Thursday – you don’t have to be a blogger and you don’t have to be registered at the convention (confession: I party-crash conferences) – just show up at lunch.

May 192004

the idea of 5 days without high-speed internet prompted me to do due diligence to see if I could find free WiFi, not by only leaving my laptop on and warchalking, but also using some search engines to see what people already have found, here’s a few lists of what turned up for Nashville: Wi-Fi-FreeSpot Directory, Auscillate’s Free WiFi Access Points, JiWire’s Search Results, Butler Networks’ listing — from what I can tell, none are within walking distance of the Convention Center.. still seeking..